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Delta allays panic over huge military presence

20 January 2016, 21:32

Delta - Delta State Governor has urged residents not to panic at the heavy presence of military personnel that have been deployed to quell vandalism in Gbaramatu Kingdom.

Secretary to the State Government, Festus Agas, said the deployment came after a recent meeting of the State Security Council, which deliberated on the disturbing development of destruction of oil and gas pipelines in that part of the state.

Also read: Defence Headquarters takes the war to vandals in Niger Delta

“Following the disturbing development of oil and gas pipelines vandalism in parts of the State, the State Security Council at its emergency meeting deliberated on the issue and considered it necessary to issue a Press Statement on the matter,” Agas stated.

“Accordingly, it is announced for the information and guidance of the general public, particularly residents of Gbaramatu Kingdom that the presence of large numbers of heavily armed military personnel in the area is not intended to cause panic or harm but as part of measures geared towards ensuring the safety of lives and property of law abiding citizens.”

He advised residents to be vigilant and go about their lawful business.

Delta state also has huge deposits of crude oil and is also one the largest producers of petroleum products in the country.

It nonetheless suffers vandalism of infrastructure by oil thieves.

- CAJ News

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